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getting u.s. visa's and freezes their assets. so this bans u.s. officials from coming to russia, u.s. officials who have committed abuses and crimes against russian citizens. it shuts down n.g.o.'s in russia, and most controversially it makes it illegal for american families to adopt russian children. the argument is here, in terms of adoptions that russia has been concerned for sometime, that russian children who have been adopted in the u.s. have faced abuse, have not been treated well. but, critics of the kremlin would point out that there are many children here in russia who are treated horriblely too, and it's simply not right to bring in a total ban of russian orphans by u.s. families. >> ok, well steve we wait to see the impact of that. thanks very much. and indian paramedic student fights for her life. her doctors say he suffered brain injuries after she was gang raped. that's a common enough experience in india, but this particularly brutal attack by six men on a group bus has sparked anger and demands for tougher penalties for rapists. political leaders have been criticized
businesses major corporations. what can we do for you? >> and now, "bbc world news." >> can u.s. politicians reached a deal to stop tax rises in spending cuts from damaging the american and the global economy? hillary clinton is being treated at this hospital in new york. she has a blood clot. there's concern over the health of the venezuelan president who has suffered complications after cancer surgery in cuba. walk into bbc world news. coming up, and look back at the british troops as they prepared handover to afghan forces. new zealand becomes the first major city to welcome 2013. time is running out for politicians in the united states to strike a deal to prevent the economy from going over the so- called fiscal cliff. that is when a package of automatic spending cuts and tax rises comes into fact which could set the country back into recession. that less than 20 hours into the generate the first deadline. >> as night descended on washington, no deal precentors went home with a low over 24 hours to go before the huge austerity package known as the fiscal cliff, something almost nobody wa
are worried that that could send the u.s. economy back into recession. president obama even said look, if we want a big bargain, we have to give some. the deadlock has always been that the democrats want the richer to pay higher taxes. republicans said they did not want that, they wanted higher spending cut. republicans then said that those who earned $1 million would pay a higher tax. >> president obama said he would increase the threshold from $250,000 to $400,000 and we will see cuts in social security and tax cuts for the middle class. a big chunk of the population. president obama has long said that he would try to protect them. but really, it comes down to the spending cuts. where are they going to come from? listen to this. >> this is the right direction, but we sti long way to go. in terms of spending cuts, we focused a lot in the recent hours on the tax increase and threshold. in terms of spending cuts, we have not even really started the debate of where it is going to come from. a thing it is a step in the right direction. both parties clearly have their constituents to talk to and
. they have been doing well worldwide, particularly in the u.k. and the u.s. from the york, we have this report. >> a trend, old people in the movies. next month, a movie set at a retirement home story musicians and several british actors. tommy lee jones succeeded this year in "i hope springs" been called a midlife romantic comedy. and then there was the marigold hotel, the story of a british retiree at a hotel in india that has been very profitable, costing $10 million to make, taking in $140 million around the world. the film cast is unusual because of many of its older characters. >> they are taking charge. >> the new wave of films is being welcomed. and everything is geared towards the youth, and to see people my age makes me feel good on film, like we are not forgotten. >> liam neeson is flourishing as an action star at the age of 60, maintaining that older people have been underserved by hollywood. >> they're making movies for 15- year-old up to 25-year-olds. >> studios maintain that older people figure into their calculations. >> older audiences are avid moviegoers, they gre
of around 200 jobs throughout the u.s. they all stopped selling the modern sporting rifles, as they're called. changes the law might be more difficult. >> there is no chance of a ban on handguns. the supreme court has ruled plans to outlaw them in chicago and washington d.c. are unconstitutional. the most likely move would be to ban military-style assault rifles, magazines holding numerous bullet. the president has backed such a bill. >> while he supports strongly an assault weapons ban and other measures, he wants to expand the conversation beyond those specific areas of legislation. >> i'm joe manchin -- >> the group of the gun hand -- of the gun ban will be loosened a little. even west virginia senator joe manchin, whose campaign had focused on gun rights, has changed his mind. he is not alone kerpen >> when my daughters ask me on friday night, dad, you are in the senate, why can't we put reasonable restrictions on assault weapons or rapid-fire ammunition clips, i did not have a good answer for them. enough is enough. >> america is in a reflective mood, which may not last. weapon
many. >> today in brussels, the u.s. secretary of state delivered a clear message, warning nato allies they must honor their financial commitments to afghanistan security forces after western troops pull back in 2014. after more than a decade of war, the country's still fragile. but afghanistan has been in this situation before. in a new book, the author, an afghan native, he writes about the misunderstood a history of the country and what it suggests for the country prepare -- for the country's future prepar. >> what i want to say is that it is not a case of the afghan people are one group and the taliban as another entity over there. they have been engaged in a long struggle between its own tendencies toward wanting to open up to the world and move the country in that direction, and those forces that want to entrench and reject that role and become more locally world. you know, verify and confirm the power of grass-roots clerics, grass-roots elders, that is the tendency in afghanistan. it is true that is very much associated with islamic, what we would call, conservatism. >> is that
of the egyptian pound. the u.s. secretary of state, hillary clinton, is being treated for a blood clot in a vain between her brain and skull. doctors caring for say she should make a full recovery. earlier this month, the veteran politician suffered a concussion after fainting and falling down. >> hillary clinton in belfast earlier this month, the end of a typically frenetic a foreign trip, for countries in five days. is thought to contracted a stomach virus. at home, she fell and suffered a concussion. she's now being treated at this new york hospital and has been told to avoid this sort of punishing travelled has taken her to more foreign capitals than any of her predecessors. 112 on countries and more than a million miles. hillary clinton is popular home. she's one of the most trusted members of president obama's cabinet. she missed at least one important domestic in nature and since falling ill -- a congressional hearing to answer questions about the attacked in an gussie. -- attack in benghazi. it is not clear whether she has plans to return next month. it's hardly the conclusion -- this hi
of the funerals of the 26 people killed in america's deadliest school shootings. in response, the u.s. lawmakers about action. tipping point?he >> this is an outrage. we are killing each other. we are the only industrialized country in the world of doing it. to >> at least nine afghan girls are killed by a landmine while collecting firewood. it raises questions about these weapons of war. >> welcome to this special edition of "bbc world news america." this community is warning the loss of 26 people including 20 children killed in a school on friday. it has ignited a debate about gun control in america. today was about the children, i got little noah and little jack pinto, to six girls who were buried today. it should a community struggling with grief and with shock. we have the latest. >> the agony of this week town was almost unbearable. first jack pinto was also buried. the town will hold the funerals of 80 more small victims of horrific violence. the parents of one of them have been speaking of their desperation as they waited outside the school on friday. >> i know exactly what she was weari
also joined the u.s. defense secretary in expressing concern that damascus is considering using chemical weapons against the rebels. >> i think there is no question that we remain very concerned, very concerned. as the opposition advances, in particular on damascus, the regime might very well consider the use of chemical weapons. >> secretary panetta went on to say that the white house made it clear there will be consequences should the assad regime make the mistake of using those weapons on its own people. for more on the perspective from damascus, i spoke a short time ago to the bbc's jeremy bolon -- jeremy bowen. >> the issue has been pretty firm on the use of chemical weapons. any news from damascus? >> i think the regime here can feel the pressure. it has been under huge pressure in the last couple of weeks, increasing pressure. of the most pressure has faced from the west, certainly, in the almost two years this has been going on. i spoke before panetta made his remarks to the information minister and he repeated one of their official positions, which is that they say they
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